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Receiving Business Donations Year After Year corporate giving relationship building

You’ve gotten that first donation from the company you targeted months ago! Congrats! Jump up and down and do your cartwheels. Celebrate this big milestone. Then realize life with this business partner goes on. The relationship is only beginning. Don’t think your job is done. You want...

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Helping Business Professionals Meet Their Goals corporate giving relationship building

How can you get community businesses to pay attention to you? Help them meet their goals. Know what their goals are: increasing visibility, acquiring customers, keeping customers, and reducing costs. What are the types of things you can do to help them meet those goals?

Improving Their Visibility...

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How Businesses Give corporate giving fundraising

In Creating Awareness in the Business Community we talked about how you can raise your nonprofit’s visibility to the business community. In Helping Business Professionals Meet Their Goals we discussed ways you can help meet their marketing and net income goals, on which they spend millions...

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Sealing the Business Donation Deal corporate giving relationship building

Congratulations! The company you targeted acknowledged the benefits of partnering with your nonprofit and you’re close to a deal. How do seal it?

Make No Assumptions

Number one, don’t assume anything. It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. For example, they may tell you they...

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Speaking Business Language communications corporate giving

Business professionals often speak a language foreign to many nonprofit practitioners. To be able to connect with them so they easily understand you, you need to become familiar with common business jargon. You want each side to understand the messages you send to one another.

You also want to be...

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What Businesses Want corporate giving

Probably the biggest principle to remember about developing relationships with for-profit businesses, is that you are entering into an exchange relationship where both parties give and get something of value. It’s a two way-relationship. That is, you give to them and they give to you. You...

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Evaluating the Success of Your Nonprofit Fundraising Events: Income, Impact, Costs and Benefits evaluation fundraising special events

Golfers have golfed, walkers have walked, dinners have been eaten, awards have been bestowed. How did your agency’s fundraising events fare? Did your events spread your organization’s mission, or did the events just raise funds? Did you raise a lot of money? Really? At what cost,...

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Data That Tells You How Effective You Are With Your Donors evaluation financial management fundraising

In Measuring Overall Fundraising Performance we talked about the two factors that you can influence to bring in the most money: the amount of dollars raised and the number of people giving. Today, we are going to go into more depth about how to influence more people to give and how to influence...

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Evaluating the Efficacy of Your Fundraising Processes evaluation fundraising

In Measuring Your Marketing Endeavors, we talked about how fundraising and marketing are both similar to and different from one another. Today, we continue to borrow from the field marketing, with a twist. We borrow the concepts of the customer journey and customer experience, revising them to...

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